Whether you’re buying bottles for friends or planning on drinking them all yourself (responsibly of course!), the Luxe Bible team have been slaving away in the office, sampling each and every one of these gorgeous beauties. Whether your tipple is gin, vodka, red wine or indeed you’re after a non-alcoholic sip, we’ve rounded up a selection of great looking liquors for the Christmas season.
Butterfly Cannon Blue Tequila
..And the award for prettiest tequila bottle goes to… Butterfly Cannon Blue Tequila, which actually changes colour when mixed. Inspired by the incredible migration phenomenon of the Monarch butterflies of Mexico, it’s a story which’ll wow guests at dinner and is well worth looking up! For tequila obsessed friends, Butterfly Cannon Blue Tequila would make an awesome gift, while the magical transformation is a sure-fire crowd pleaser at parties. Deep purple slash blue in colour thanks to Butterfly pea flower, it’ll change to pinky lilac when mixed with tonic, soda or citrus. A super-premium tequila which is made from 100% agave and produced at Mexico’s most awarded-distillery, it’s sweet and citrussy, with tropical notes of agave along with vanilla to taste, and a long finish with a hint of pepper. Also available in Cristallino and Rosa varieties. Priced at £28 for 50cl. ABV: 40%. Grab yours from Amazon and Master of Malt.
Savoia Americano Rosso
Savoia Americano Rosso is the sexy aperitivo your drinks cabinet has been missing (just look at the bottle if you need any further convincing!) For the sophisticated dinner party, this beaut of a bottle will go down an absolute treat – especially if they’re Americano fans.
Developed by world renowned mixologist Giuseppe Gallo, Savoia uses a base of marsala and trebbiano wines which are then blended with around 20 botanicals. Following the traditional style of vino aperitivo from Turin, fresh and dry aromatic herbs are combined for full Americano flavour including gentian root and bitter orange peel while taking inspo from an authentic 1897 recipe. This updated version adds cinnamon, rhubarb and cassia wood for an ‘amaro-dolce’ flavour profile.
Designed to be mixed into a massive range of gorgeous cocktails, we adore the Savoia Negroni – use 2 parts Savoia, 1 part London Dry Gin and garnish with a slice of orange! Grab your bottle here and let the Americano festivities commence! Saluti!
Black Lion Vodka
If you like your vodka neat, then this is the one for you! Award-winning Black Lion Vodka is a rare vodka made in the Cotswolds from the milk of the Black Lion Sheep. A by-product of cheese-making, you’ll never taste another vodka like this which is made from the whey of pure sheep’s milk, while preserving the rare breed. Crisp, full flavoured and full bodied, Black Lion Vodka uses fresh Cotswold spring water and is triple distilled and filtrated for the smoothest taste. Designed to be drank over ice at -1, this sophisticated number has the subtle smell and taste of Edelweiss, and while it’s a little more expensive than supermarket vodkas, it’s worth absolutely every sip. For the vodka drinker, we’re hard pushed to find anything that tastes better… £60 for a 70cl bottle, 40% ABV, order yours here.
Bad Beer Vodka Vanilla and Marshmallow
Sustainable with every sip, beer that doesn’t measure up to BrewDog’s high standards is instead ‘triple-bubble-distilled’ in copper pot stills and turned into vodka! Possibly one of the most delightful vodkas we’ve ever tasted here at Luxe Bible, this should also come with a warning ‘cos it’s so dangerously delicious, you’ve no idea you’re drinking a spirit – be sure to watch your measures! Sweet vanilla and honey on the nose, this beaut is luxuriously smooth to taste with notes of toasted marshmallow and even more vanilla and a lingering caramel finish. Packaged in recycled glass bottles, Bad Beer Vodka is priced at £20 available from Tesco. Your new festive guilty pleasure has arrived.
Silent Pool Gin
Silent Pool Gin comes from the Surrey Hills – a former delipidated farm turned sustainable distillery right next to fresh water source. Hand-crafted and multi-layered, there’s been a lot of testing involved to create the perfect harmony of luxurious complex flavours with each of its 24 botanicals working together and in turn enhancing the taste. Silent Pool’s range of bottles are absolutely stunning in design and while you’ll get that unmistakable hit of juniper, there’s plenty of earthy pepper on the nose and a citrus hit, with floral notes of lavender to taste, along with a hint of honey and pear and a spicy finish. Their recommended serve includes 50ml Silent Pool Gin, 150ml Premium Indian Tonic, a handful of ice and a twist of orange peel to garnish. If you’re buying from their gift range, you can also add a message which a lovely touch. The Silent Pool Gin Luxury Gift Tin is available for £40 from Silent Pool Distillers.
Edwards 1902 Vodka
Rich in both heritage and flavour in equal measure, Edwards 1902 is as much a staple in the vodka world as the potatoes it is made from! Of course, made from the humble King Edward potato from which it takes its name, this incredibly smooth and rich tasting spirit has been produced for over 120 years at Elsham Wold Distillery in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
With three bottles in the range – Classic English Potato Vodka, Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur and English Rhubarb, all of the Edwards collection are 100% British.
Multi-award winning, Edwards 1902 Vodka comes in a sleek and stylish black and clear glass bottle – it’s a beautiful design, making it the perfect gift for Christmas this year, or as a contribution to a dinner party of a celebration! Perfect on the rocks due to its silky smooth flavour, in a classic martini, you can buy a bottle here priced at £39, ABV 40%.
Angelica Zapata Malbec 2018, 13.5%, Mendoza
We’re recommending this truly special wine, not only because we love the back story, but because it tastes simply divine. Angelica Zapata Malbec is a gorgeous wine for gifting this Christmas, because there’s something just a little bit special about this particular Malbec’s silky smooth taste.
Argentina’s Bodega Catena Zapata was founded in 1902. Revolutionising the Argentine wine industry and bringing Catena’s collection of wines to the global market, Nicolas Catena Zapata has built a wine dynasty, producing exceptional wines at the Adrianna vineyard at almost 5,000 feet up in the mountains. Aged in oak barrels for 18 months, this wine is named after his mother – passionate educator, headmistress and family matriarch. Plummy and juicy with notes of oak and vanilla and a hint of spice. Buy it from Tesco priced at £28.
Quinta da Pedra Alta, No 10. Ten Year Old Tawny Port
For a man who likes his port, this is the ideal gift. Sweet and spicy, elegant and complex, this Tawny Port from Quinta da Pedra Alta in the Douro Valley comes in a stunning bottle which oozes luxury. Made in traditional granite lagars and aged in old casks, this luscious tasting Tawny used tinta roriz, tinta barroca, touriga nacional and touriga franca grapes which are matured for 10 years and you’ll be able to taste the woody, toasted oaky notes as well as dates, toffee and caramel. Gorgeous as a pre-dinner drink or paired with wine and cheese after dinner, this is a sophisticated serve for any party. 50cl / 19.5% available from Master of Malt, Taurus Wines and QPA Wines priced at £25.00.
LA Brewery Non-Alcoholic Sparkling English Blush an Sparkling English Rosé
Perfect for the non-drinker are these ‘wines’ from LA Brewery’s founder Louise Avery. Her love for foraging fresh, natural and delicious ingredients and infusing kombucha with a range of herbs, fruits and botanicals have led to a range of drinks that are a little bit different and super tasty.
Kombucha (sweetened black tea) is known for its health benefits and forms the base of the Sparkling English Blush combining seasonal summer flowers with rhubarb. With strawberry extract, hop extract, peach, beetroot and carrot all packed in, this drink is refreshingly light and very moreish.
The Sparkling English Rosé meanwhile, is a signature blend of assam and white monkey tea kombucha infused with organic white rose petals for a delicate flavour and wild elderflower for depth. Floral with a dry finish, a great drink while celebrating something special, when you’re avoiding the alcohol. Kombucha: Healthy Recipes for Naturally Fermented Tea Drinks the book is also available for £9.99 including tried and tested recipes for creating you own home-brewed fermented teas..
Chapel Down English Rose NV
Oh we love an English bottle of fizz and Chapel Down’s delightful collection is no exception! Pressed from hand-picked grapes in the south-east of England, there’s something beautifully regal, romantic and elegant about the bottle with its red stripe around the label. Grape varieties include 52% Chardonnay, along with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Blanc and 1% early Pinot Noir, resulting in an English Sparkling which is pretty rose petal pink in colour. With a burst of lemon on the nose, and a hint of blackcurrant and soft strawberry to taste, fruit comes from vineyards in Kent, Essex and East Sussex for a flavour which is delicate and elegant. Yes it’s a great summer drink, but we love it during the festive months with salmon and cream cheese, or with sweet fruity desserts. The perfect crowd pleaser at a party. Chapel Down English Rose NV can be purchased by the case (6 bottles) for £135 from Chapel Down and by the bottle (70cl) for £29.00 at Ocado and Amazon.
Vranken Pommery Brut Royal Champagne
With over 40 years of expertise in the art of champagne making, Vranken Pommery Monopole’s cheeky and cheerful Brut is the perfect party starter and just the thing you need to get that Christmas do off to a lively start. A delicate number which makes it ideal for a first drink, it’s aromatic and juicy with apple and fresh citrus notes and just a hint of sweet nut and vanilla. Well balanced and elegant, there’s some refreshing acidity, with a smooth finish. Will go beautifully with almonds, oysters and cheeses. Priced at £40, Pommery Brut Royal Champagne is available from Waitrose, Ocado, Sainsburys and Majestic.
Mermaid Zest Gin
For the gin lover who likes to try something a little bit different (and appreciates a beautifully designed bottle) Mermaid Zest Gin is the latest addition to the Mermaid range.
Taking its unique yet subtle flavour from grapefruit and cascade hops, the gin is infused with island bergamot, lemon zest and coastal rosemary which has been wild-foraged, for the ultimate in fresh botanicals. Balancing the herbs with sweet notes and a hit of heady gin, Mermaid Zest Gin’s juiciness comes from fruits which have actually been grown in the Victorian walled garden of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s Osborne House. Priced at £39.90 (ABV: 42%) grabs yours from: John Lewis and Isle of Wight Distillery with some stunning gift sets now available.
Everflyht English Sparkling Brut NV (£28)
It’s a wonderful thing to be able to enjoy a sparkling brut made right here in the UK. New to the wine scene this year, is this already well received English Sparkling lovingly grown in Ditchling, South Downs at a family-run vineyard. Everflyht wines are made in the traditional style from Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grape varieties, using new and old oak and aged for 20 months on the lees for depth of flavour. With a hint of lemon and lots of apple on the nose, subtle strawberry to taste and a biscuity based elegant finish, this is an East Sussex gem. Priced at £28, check out their online shop for a gorgeous selection and free delivery over £150.
Everflyht Rose de Saignée 2019 (£40)
Everflyht Rose de Saignée 2019 meanwhile blends hand-picked and home grown Pinot Noir and Meunier, which are then handcrafted into the wine for a bottle which really tastes like it has a enchanting backstory! Beautifully bright salmon pink in colour beneath the black cloak of the bottle, its juicy, fruity, ripe berry flavours are sooo addictive with fine bubbles, cherry notes on the nose, creamy strawberry on the palate and a rounded finish. Absolutely perfect with fresh fish and seafood. Buy from the Everflyht website with free delivery on purchases over £150.